Jason H. Goodchild
Jason H. Goodchild, DMD
A medical emergency is defined as any condition that if left untreated may lead to client morbidity or mortality. This session focuses on preparing dental professionals to manage medical emergencies – this includes having an appropriate emergency drug kit. Medical emergencies DO happen. Studies estimate that on average a practitioner will be faced with a medical emergency in the dental office at least once every two years. Some of these situations can be minor; others can be life threatening.
The good news for practitioners is that 75 per cent of emergencies can be mitigated by good local anesthesia (pain control) and effective stress reduction. For those few instances when an appropriate response could be life saving, each practitioner must be prepared with a properly equipped emergency drug kit. This presentation emphasizes patient safety and educates participants on the seven essential drugs they must be familiar with to manage any medical emergency. Even though the right answer always includes dialing 9-1-1, you can start the chain of survival in your office!
- Learn to recognize and manage the most common medical emergencies.
- Review specific emergencies and protocols and how to reduce the risk of a medical emergency.
- Ensure participants are capable of preparing and using the seven essential drugs recommended for the minimal dental emergency kit.
- Session handout will be provided.